Giants’ Training Camp: Five people to watch

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Training camp begins tomorrow for the Giants as all players are due in for physicals and conditioning drills. The first practice will be held on Tuesday at 1:20pm.

With the hour quickly approaching, Giant fans are more curious than excited. What will the team look like after all the changes they’ve made this offseason? 

There is a new offense with a revamped offensive line, new, durable running backs, an exciting new WR and a platoon of mediocrity at TE.  There is an influx of talent on defense, especially at CB. The special teams imported some top returners this past winter as well.

There is change in the air, with Tom Coughlin still sitting atop the org chart, but new people will be charged with making the decisions on offense, beginning with first-time OC Ben McAdoo, who blew the Giants away with his plan to fix their “broken” offense.

So, who will we be focusing on this summer out at QDTC? Here’s my top five:

OC Ben McAdoo - Kevin Gilbride may have had two Super Bowl rings, but his offense had gotten stale over the past several years. Not only was the plan sour, the execution was practically non-exixtent. Making matters worse, the playcalling process was painstakingly slow, almost to the extent where opposing defenses knew the plays before they were called. McAdoo will change all of that. His system is uptempo and more of an attack style. The plays will be called quicker, the execution will be sharper and the wagon won’t seem so wobbly. His relationship with QB Eli Manning will be integral to the team’s success. Thus far, it’s going well. Eli will also have a more qualified voice in his ear in new QB coach Danny Langsdorf.

It's a bird...it's a plane, not it's Damonster! (Photo: NY Giants)

DE Damontre Moore - I’ve given up placing my chips on JPP and Mathias Kiwanuka to buoy the Giants’ pass rush. If the Giants are to get the QB this season, it will be behind Moore’s efforts. He is a natural playmaker on defense and – if healthy – should mature into a quality passrusher for the Blue. He is fun to watch, and I urge you all to do so this summer.

LB Jon Beason - His return to health is more important than most are admitting. In less than one full season, Beason had become the face and voice of the Giants’ defense. He calls the signals, gets everyone lined up and makes mucho tackles in the process. Without him, they lose intelligence as well as production. A foot injury is an unpredictable thing. If he makes it back for the season, just hope its not too early to the point where he’s either ineffective or re-injures himself. In his place will be another veteran, Jameel McClain (who has a SB ring), but he’s not Jon Beason.

WR Rueben Randle - Entering his third season, Randle is expected to solidify his status and become a weapon on the outside. If he can do that, Victor Cruz will be allowed to man the slot more often and return to being a game-changing force. With the addition of Odell Beckham, Jr the Giants could end up with tone of the best WR corps in the league by year’s end.

CB Walter Thurmond - We already know the pedigree of Prince and DRC. They were first-round picks who were expected to succeed in the NFL. Thurmond was a hood ornament on Seattle’s Legion of Boom last season and is determined to prove that he’s as good as any corner in the league. He’s already stated publicly that he’s the best slot corner in the NFL, so if his statement becomes a self-fufulling prophecy, the Giants’ secondary will be as solid as any.

Those are my five. Let’s hear yours…




7 comments

jennings, robinson, K davis, holiday , kennard ( maybe wilson too )

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

the GOOD------------

ELI looks100%....

TC A+....

DRC + Rolle + Prince + S.Brown + Thurmond = the BEST Secondary the NYG's have Had in Deacade's.... COVERAGE SACK !!!!!!!

OC- McAdoo gives the NYG's a Fresh Look...

LG- Schwartz A+....

RB- Jennings A+...

WR- Randle, IMO, a Break-Out Year...

WR- Beckham, a much needed Weapon for ELI...

WR- CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ !!!

MLB- McClain steps-Up Big....

OC- RichBurg, a Pulling Center, Yesssssss !!!

the BAD-------------

CB- Thurmond was $$$$$, on a 1 year Contact...

MLB- Beason, a Bad Break... OVER-PAID ....

DE- JPP's Back still IFY ???!!!

the UGLY-----------

LT ???!!! Beatty ????????????????????

RG ???!!! SNEE ???????????????????

ROSTER DEPTH !!!

REESE is still REACHing in the DRAFT....

REESE's Failure to move in the DRAFT....

REESE's new Plan, to ONLY Drafts Team Capt.'s ???!!!

Fewell is Still the DC........



Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

John,

How about the 5 players from the OL, whoever that may be. Let's assume the following:

LT-Beatty

LG-Schwartz

C-Walton or Richburg

RG-Snee or Jerry or Mosley

RT-Pugh

If this unit and or the backups fail to do their job, it doesn't matter what any other 5 players do. The Giants will miss the playoffs again.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

My 5-Richburg. Will he win the center job in camp? Mosely. If Snee can't go will the 3rd year player get a chance to compete for the starting guard spot? Beatty. Starting to see a trend here...Will he bounce back from an awful year this past year and be healthy from the start of the season. Wilson. Can he be the Darren Sproles of the Giants? Swing him out in the flat and let him make people miss. S. Brown. Can he come back healthy and capture the magic he had with Rolle 2 years ago. If he can they will have the best defensive secondary in the NFC east.

Darnell Hayes
Darnell Hayes

JPP- Has got to have a great year out of the gate he is now the man up front for the giants front four.

Eli- He will have a turn around seasons his year. With the new key additions to the offense line and new offense coordinator pulsa having more control of the offense. He should be good year.

ODB- Is my sleeper, I can't wait to see this kids in action and what he can bring to the table for these giants.

DRC- In my eyes he is the second best lock-down corner in the league now. Adding him to our D-back core, just made us a better lock-down coverage team.

Speaical-teams: believe it or not I really want to see if we can get that return game going again. We had it the flowing year with David Wilson, but that went out the window last year when he got hurt. This year we got some returners this year to help out the offence. I really hope this works out for the team. P.S TELLS GIANTS

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Skookaloop you said a mouth full. Totally agree with you on Reese regarding the draft. Deepest draft in years and never (based on many reports) attempted to trade back for additional picks.

David Lopez
David Lopez

The emergence of Damontre Moore & Ayers will be a boon to the pash rush.

Hankins development will offset the loss of Joseph up front.

Eli will bounce back this year and with the Cowboys defense in a state of disarray, and NFL Defensive Coordinators more comfortable with Chip Kelly's offense, the division is ripe for the taking.

If the Giants get hot going into the playoffs, this fan base could be celebrating a fifth Lombardi trophy.